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Craig McEwen, Published May 02 2014

Marathon Monday aims to raise $200,000 for 30 local charities

FARGO – A 24-hour online give-a-thon is scheduled Monday to support local charities and kick off the 10th annual Fargo Marathon that starts with events Thursday.

Called Marathon Monday, the goal is to raise $200,000 through online donations supporting hundreds of Fargo Marathon charity racers, said Mark Knutson, race director.

“It’s kind of an enhanced charity effort from what we’ve done in the past,” Knutson said.

The give-a-thon is a joint effort involving the Fargo Marathon, Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation.

“We’re really excited about it,” said Pat Traynor, DMF president.

The event is modeled after Giving Hearts Day, an annual fundraiser organized by DMF, the Impact Foundation and Alex Stern Family Foundation that raised $5.5 million in February.

The marathon serves as a catalyst to get people active, Traynor said.

“This year we really wanted to help them with the charity part, by bringing out the charitable champions in folks,” he said. “The hope is that it expands each year.”

The give-a-thon, which is from midnight Sunday to 11:59 p.m. Monday, will support 30 Fargo-Moorhead charities that have registered for the Marathon Monday event, Knutson said.

The fundraiser is good for both the marathon and local charities, he said. Charities bring runners to the race, “and we’re trying to help them with their charities and fundraising.”

To make on online donation during the 24-hour fundraising window, log on to FargoMarathon.com and click “Donate.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Craig McEwen at (701) 235-7311